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An October 2002 trip to Khon Kaen by markiemark

Madelas Guesthouse Photo, Khon Kaen, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Situated in northeast Thailand, the 4th largest city in the country, Khon Kaen was where I settled for a few days after returning from Laos. A modern city with all the conveniences, it’s also the center of the Isan region & a base for exploring some great national parks.

More North Thailand; Khon Kaen

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Overview

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After a short stay in Nong Khai on my way south from Laos, Khon Kaen enabled me to do the jobs for which I needed those little conveniences like reliable power supply and phone lines that Laos lacks. Internet is very cheap here; 15 baht per hour at any one of at least a dozen places around town. I also found an excellent photo shop on Thanon Klang Meuang near the intersection with Thanon Srichan that did a very good job on the seven rolls of film I’d accumulated over the last few weeks. I also wanted to get a second Lao visa at the consulate here. Khan Kaen is very clean and easy to get around with a simple transport system but is very busy with traffic all day. It doesn’t have any major tourist ...Read More

Madela's Guesthouse

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Hotel

Madela's Guesthouse Photo, Khon Kaen, Thailand
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Khon Kaen really does have the grottiest budget hotels I’ve seen in my five months in Thailand! After looking at two very tatty hotels and one nice (a little dear for me), I’d almost ran out of budget options in my guidebook when I saw a simple sign "guesthouse 100B per day" pointing down a narrow alley opposite the Roma Hotel on Thanon Klang Meaung. This led to a cluttered courtyard in which there was a long, single-storey building divided into six rooms. The room I looked at was huge with a double bed, fan, two wardrobes, a cabinet, shelves, and a WC. Although the shower was bucket-style, this represented a bargain for 100B a day. One problem; it was already occupied! Well, it was until Madela mo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2002

Madela's Guesthouse
Thanon Klang Meuang
Khon Kaen, Thailand

Khon Kaen National Museum Photo, Khon Kaen, Thailand
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This museum is really the only tourist attraction in town and a minor one at that! A 1km walk or a no.12, 17, or 21 pick-up ride from the city centre, it’s really only of interest to archaeological types or those who are into Buddhist statuary! Quite a few religious artifacts have been unearthed in the area (mainly 11th-14th century) and are on display here. The accompanying information is in English except in one of the two ethnology rooms where it’s all only in Thai! There are collections of ancient marker stones in the grounds outside the museum, some with interesting carvings and inscriptions. It costs 30B to get in and the museum is open from 9am to 4pm Wednesday through Sunday. It helps to ...Read More

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Khon Kaen National Museum
Khon Kaen
Khon Kaen, Thailand

King Cobra Village

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King Cobra Village Photo, Khon Kaen, Thailand
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A short excursion from Khon Kaen is Kok Sa-Nga village where King Cobras are bred. A green no.501 "Kranuan" bus goes every hour from the bus station and drops you off at the village turn-off for 20B (the trip takes about one-and-a-half hours). It’s a 2km walk or motorbike taxi ride from there. I wasn’t sure what to expect after reading the leaflet given to me at the tourist police office. From the leaflet, it looked like a bit of a circus show inviting tourists to watch the handlers kiss the snakes, dance with them, and even put the snakes’ heads in their mouths! In fact, there are two of these ‘circuses’ in the village: the Kok Sa-Nga Zoo Society and the King Cobra Club Of Thailand. The Zoo Soci...Read More

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King Cobra Village
Kok Sa-Nga, Khon Kaen
Khon Kaen, Thailand

Khon Kaen's day & night markets

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Attraction | "Khon Kaen's Day & Night Markets"

Khon Kaen's day & night markets Photo, Khon Kaen, Thailand
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Not really a tourist attraction, but these markets are both huge and very, very interesting and colourful. In the early morning, the day market kicks into life with the arrival of trucks loaded with fruit and vegetables. The day market is centred around an area bound by Klang Meuang, Srichan, Cheetakhan, and Namuang roads, but it’s on the surrounding streets and alleys that the real colours and smells are found. Ladies sitting with piles and pyramids carefully stacked with every sort of fruit and vegetable imaginable - then some not so imaginable! There were bowls of frogs, turtles, and cockroaches; saucers of grubs; and bunches of herbs and greens picked from the roadside that just look like weeds to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2002

Khon Kaen's day & night markets
Khon Kaen
Khon Kaen, Thailand

Phu Pha Man National Park

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Attraction | "Phu Pha Maan National Park"

Phu Pha Man National Park Photo, Khon Kaen, Thailand
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Designated in 1991 as Thailand’s 72nd National Park, Phu Pha Maan is a 2-hour bus ride from Khon Kaen or 1.5 hours from Loei on bus route #217. From the park entrance on route 201, it’s 5km to the park headquarters and visitor centre. I got a lift on a park ranger’s motorbike to save me the hot walk. The visitor centre and park headquarters are located on very well-tended, landscaped grounds, and the communal toilets by the campground are spotlessly clean. One reason for this is that Phu Pha Maan is very rarely visited, being sandwiched between two big, well-known parks: Phu Kradung and Nam Nao. After pitching my tent, I took a walk along the nature trail that took me through mostly bamboo forest...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 25, 2002

Phu Pha Man National Park
Na Nong Tum, Chum Phae
Khon Kaen, Thailand 4217-

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Possibly the main reason tourists stop in Khon Kaen is to pick up visas for their onward journey. The Lao consulate has recently moved to a new building on Thanon Prachasomosorn. It’s about 3km from the city centre on pick-up routes 10 and 11. It has to be one of the most efficient consulates or embassies I’ve ever been to! My visa was issued in 15 minutes! As a UK passport holder, it cost 1,350B for a 30-day visa and the staff were very informal, friendly and spoke English very well. Not only that, but today (Xmas Day!) when I returned to Khon Kaen, struggling to see all the things I want in this part of Thailand before having to cross into Laos as my Laos visa expires, I went back to try and ge...Read More

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